How Google searches for ‘pressure cookers’ and ‘backpacks’ led the cops to a writer’s door


All it took was a few humble Google searches to send shivers throughout the collective spines of the internet this week. Michele Catalano, a writer for Death & Taxes magazine, wrote on Medium about how a group of armed men suddenly showed up at her house in Long Island, New York, on the morning of Wednesday, July 31st and began questioning her husband about “pressure cookers” and bombs. Catalano, who said she wasn’t home at the time, recalled that weeks prior, she searched for pressure cookers online. And that her husband separately searched for backpacks. And that her 20-year-old son had used the internet to follow the news of the Boston Marathon bombing, which was reportedly carried out with pressure cooker explosives in backpacks.

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